Justin Amash

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Political Twitter: “But the president/governor/legislator I support violates the Constitution/laws/norms for good reasons.”
It’s really something how many of the replies to my last tweet are like this. twitter.com/angryoldbear/s…
Good intentions don’t make a president’s actions constitutional. President Biden concedes his new eviction moratorium is likely illegal, but he’s doing it anyway. Regardless of the issue or which party holds the White House, we must not tolerate lawlessness from the president.
The CDC, White House, and media have been their own worst enemies when it comes to addressing COVID-19. By frequently mischaracterizing risk and probabilities—misusing data and ignoring knowledge in their policy recommendations—they’ve sown confusion and fueled vaccine hesitancy.
These are the graphs CDC is using to call for universal masking. The ranges here are so wide that the information is practically useless for policy making. Their outlined graph, which is the most relevant one to their recommendation, also assumes really low natural immunity.
It’s remarkable how many people in the replies think this is an anti-vaccination tweet. twitter.com/justinamash/st…
As you approach a 100% vaccination rate, you also approach 100% of cases of a virus being found among vaccinated persons. This is a statistical point that is routinely missed by people talking about the rise of cases in the vaccinated population.
Either vaccines are highly effective and breakthrough cases do not meaningfully contribute to the spread (yes, even Delta) or CDC privately believes vaccines are far less effective than available data show. The latter would provide an alternative explanation for the new guidance. twitter.com/justinamash/st…
The new guidance will further disincentivize people from getting vaccinated. It’s immunity from the virus that will keep it in check; more masks but fewer immunized persons is not a good strategy. Moreover, unless they plan to shut down global travel, masking would be indefinite.
The White House and CDC should be honest with us: What they really want is for unvaccinated people to mask up, but since they don’t trust them to act voluntarily, they’re demanding that everyone mask up so it’s easy to enforce. This approach is untenable.
In other words, they’re not coming home from Iraq. Just paperwork to pretend something significant is happening while maintaining the status quo. twitter.com/nytimes/status…
A representative democracy that abandons liberalism (divided powers, the Rule of Law and equality before the law, freedom from arbitrary coercion, free speech and other protected rights) will gradually lose its democratic and representative character and embrace authoritarianism.
This. It’s not Section 230 that protects the spreading of misinformation; it’s the First Amendment that protects the spreading of misinformation. twitter.com/kellymakena/st…
Stop electing people to government who don’t understand the freedom of speech and the First Amendment. twitter.com/kellymakena/st…
Watching Republicans and Democrats in Congress is like watching professional wrestling but with much dumber scripts and worse acting.
Thank you, @ACLU. We must always defend the freedom of speech. twitter.com/ACLU/status/14…
This suggests that the federal government, through the FBI, worked to radicalize people and further the alleged plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer. If the story is accurate, that’s absolutely disgusting and unlawful. twitter.com/mckaycoppins/s…
The First Amendment protects the spreading of misinformation in almost every context. It does so because what’s widely perceived as false may at times be unpopular truth. It recognizes that human progress is built upon the advancement of ideas the majority once did not accept.
The way to address suspected government collusion with private companies isn’t to demand *more* entanglement with those companies; it’s to get government out of the arrangement by legally barring collusive state-agent relationships while also empowering whistleblowers.
The federal government shouldn’t be dictating what is misinformation and impermissible in public discourse. We are human beings who have the right to communicate with others and assess info without government interference. Free speech is an essential element of a free society.
Americans deserve to know to what extent the federal government works with social media companies. Is there any quid pro quo? The First Amendment exists to keep the government from controlling what Americans hear. Free societies counter misinformation with information, not bans.
.@justinamash "led a bipartisan effort to limit warrantless surveillance and data collection, argued that these investigations did not go far enough..."@RandPaul "a longtime critic of the NSA, has also sought an investigation of the incident." @jimantle washex.am/3elv0HA
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Imagine saying it needs more study given the decades of data available—and that’s besides the fact that the federal government has no legitimate authority here. “Based on the science”? How about the feds get the hell out of the way based on the Constitution & individual liberty. twitter.com/mkraju/status/…
Biden continues Trump’s arms sales. Biden continues Trump’s unauthorized troop deployments. Biden continues Trump’s drug enforcement policies. Biden continues Trump’s civil asset forfeiture policy. Biden continues Trump’s Title 42 expulsions. Biden continues Trump’s land takings. twitter.com/reason/status/…
Congratulations to @whitney4tx, who will serve as interim chair of @LPNational! Whitney has done an amazing job at @LPTexas. Excited to work with everyone in the Libertarian Party to advance liberty.
Let me be clear: Government without decentralization isn’t governance. It’s exploitation.
Agreed. End corporate welfare. End industrial subsidies. End the money monopoly. End price controls. End protectionist tariffs. Repeal the Jones Act. End the Cuba embargo. Decentralize. twitter.com/POTUS/status/1…
Libertarianism is a philosophy dedicated to the advancement of peaceful human cooperation.
One irony is that, unlike Section 230, which doesn’t grant anyone special immunity, there is an area of law in which corporations operate explicitly as agents of the state—with special immunity and the power to ruin lives: surveillance law, which GOP politicians keep supporting!
We talk about multiple forever wars, but there’s really just one. Afghanistan is a theater in the One War. The One War is immoral and illegal. Hawks try to spin the 2001 AUMF, but it doesn’t authorize any of this. Bring the troops home. Don’t send them elsewhere. End the One War.
A reminder that Section 230 applies to everyone on the internet—you, me, family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, bosses, Twitter, Fox News, The New York Times; it has nothing to do with some alleged designation as a platform or publisher. It does not grant anyone special immunity.
The NSA is doing all the things that McCarthy and Nunes voted for it to do. When I tried to stop the FISA 702 reauthorization, they said I was endangering American lives. GOP leaders urged Trump to denounce my efforts and sign the FISA bill, which he did. Now they feign outrage. twitter.com/ChadPergram/st…
The goal of libertarianism is to create a society based on cooperation instead of one based on coercion.
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“Political parties exist to organize people to win elections. If you want to do activism, go out and start a nonprofit.”—Justin Amash #politicalactivism #politics #PACs #libertarian #SharpeWay @justinamash
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“We are a party that has a long history of being critical of abusive policing, of protecting civil liberties and civil rights. We can stand on our own. We don’t have to mimic the language used by others." @justinamash talks to @nickgillespie about @LPNational messaging.
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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Happy Independence Day!
A good step. Now let’s abolish the death penalty. twitter.com/AP/status/1410…
“If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race?” —Frédéric Bastiat
Imagine voting to authorize FISA 702 multiple times—as both Kevin McCarthy and Devin Nunes did (Nunes literally led the reauthorization effort in 2018)—and then calling for an investigation to find answers for the American people. The answer is you guys voted to empower the NSA! twitter.com/GOPLeader/stat…
The Libertarian Party has a long history of opposing abusive policing and protecting rights. We’ve led the way. We don’t need to mimic others’ language, but we also can’t let political correctness—fear of looking woke—stand in the way of our principles and saying what we believe.
The NSA spies on all Americans through so-called “incidental collection.” Don’t let surveillance state apologists fool you. “Incidental collection” isn’t just collection on people talking to bad guys overseas. It’s broad, warrantless collection that violates the Fourth Amendment.
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